What is Teeth Whitening?
Over time, the natural whiteness of our teeth starts to fade. Lifestyle habits such as drinking coffee and red wine accelerate the discolouring process.
Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It involves the application of peroxide based gels to the surface of the teeth, breaking down surface staining and discoloration within the enamel, leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.
Dentist prescribed whitening is the only product available in the UK that will whiten your teeth.
Can teeth whitening be painful?
Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive during or after the treatment. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing. Please contact your Dentist should you experience high level of discomfort and pain..
Will my porcelain, crown, bridge or fillings also whiten?
Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of artificial teeth such as dentures, crowns and veneers. If your veneers are stained or discoloured contact your dental team and ask for them to be cleaned.
How long will my teeth stay whiter?
The longevity of teeth whitening results varies based on factors such as oral hygiene practices, dietary habits, and lifestyle choices. Avoiding foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and tobacco, can help maintain the whitening effects for longer. Periodic touch-ups may also be recommended to increase longevity of the results.
What products should I avoid to preserve the whiteness of my teeth?
During whitening we advise avoiding anything that would stain a white shirt (for example coffee, red wine, tobacco, curry or tomato based sauces).
Is an oral hygiene appointment required prior to whitening?
We advise all patients having whitening treatment to have a hygiene appointment prior to starting whitening. This will ensure all staining is removed to help provide you with the best possible outcome.
Do I need to have good oral health before starting whitening?
Like all cosmetic procedures, good oral health is a pre-requisite for starting whitening. Any tooth decay, gum disease or any other oral health related issues will have to be resolved in advance.
Do I need to see a dentist prior to whitening my teeth?
Teeth whitening begins with a consultation with a dentist or dental professional. They will examine your teeth, discuss your goals, and determine if teeth whitening is suitable for you based on your oral health.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Whitening is a safe treatment however we recommend having a dental health examination prior to treatment. Whitening is not suitable for pregnant women, mothers who are breastfeeding and anyone under 18 years of age.
Can I buy teeth whitening products over the counter?
It’s important to note that teeth whitening should always be performed by a qualified dental professional to ensure safety and effectiveness.
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